If snow and rain are constant companions on your commute, we have options to improve your daily drive: the best 10 sedans with all-wheel drive (AWD), a feature that will give you an extra dose of traction in inclement weather. To make the trip even more enjoyable, most of the AWD cars listed below have a manufacturer's suggested retail price that's less than $35,000 (before destination charges). Some are well below that figure, leaving you room to add heated seats, a heated steering wheel, windshield wiper de-icers and other hedges against rotten weather. AWD sedans from BMW and Volvo have starting MSRPs a little above $35K, but they're still worth your consideration. We've listed the cars in our order of preference.
10 Best All-Wheel-Drive Sedans Under $35,000
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Attractive, upscale and fun to drive, the 2016 Audi A3 sets the standard for the new, smaller crop of entry-level luxury cars. Heated seats are an option that won't take you over $35,000. Starting MSRP for AWD: $34,200.
The 2016 Subaru WRX has the right stuff when it comes to power and handling. All-wheel drive is standard. Starting MSRP: $26,595.
The 2016 Ford Fusion has solid power, respectable fuel economy, distinctive styling, a huge array of tech features and excellent cold-weather options. It's a great choice for a midsize sedan. Starting MSRP for AWD: $27,965.
The 2016 BMW 320i xDrive's starting MSRP of $35,150 is a little above our ceiling. But from its sporty driving character to its refined ride and cabin, this is an exceptionally well-rounded compact luxury sedan. Cold-weather options are available.
The 2016 Mercedes-Benz CLA250 4Matic's coupelike styling and relative affordability will appeal to buyers looking to move up to a luxury brand. Option packages can quickly push up the price, but heated seats à la carte are $580. MSRP: $34,050.
This entry-level luxury sedan won't bowl you over with excitement, but with its impressive safety features, the 2016 Volvo S60 T5 is a good choice, even though its $35,450 MSRP slightly exceeds our ceiling.
With lots of standard features and a relatively affordable price, the 2016 Buick Regal offers decent value for shoppers seeking an entry-level luxury sedan. Cold-weather options abound on both the base and Premium II trim levels. Starting MSRP for AWD: $31,415.
Bold, muscular and loaded with heritage, the 2016 Dodge Charger is a great choice for a distinctive and spacious full-size sedan. AWD is available for the SE and SXT trim levels. Alas, an AWD Hellcat is not on the menu. Starting MSRP for AWD: $30,245.
With handsome looks and an upscale interior, the 2016 Chrysler 200 sedan has what it takes to fight for a spot in your driveway. Even loaded up with cold-weather options (including an engine block heater), it would be hard to bust $35K. Starting MSRP for AWD: $29,905.
The 2016 Subaru Legacy comes up a bit short in a few areas compared to some other midsize sedans. But with standard all-wheel drive, an array of options and excellent outward visibility, it's a solid foul-weather pick. Starting MSRP: $21,745.